Kaizen To Karōshi – Burnout in agile teams… John Clapham – Agile on the Beach 2018

Watch this session from John Clapham at Agile On The Beach 2018 entitled ‘Kaizen To Karōshi – Burnout in agile teams and what you can do about it’.

This talk looks at what makes agile, and transforming, teams susceptible to burnout, including key triggers. It aims to help develop a sustainable pace for both change and delivery, for yourself, and the team around you. Employing a blend of theory and practical exercises, it suggests ways to monitor and identify warning signs, and decide what to do when you encounter them.

Agile folk love notions borrowed from Japanese manufacturing, like Kaizen, ‘Continuous improvement’. From the perspective of teams expected to transform, continuous may also mean relentless, ceaseless, unsustainable. Overplayed principles and constant collaboration can make it hard to find space to think and recharge. Coaches gaze deep into our souls, retros wring us for insight and apps ruthlessly interrupt our flow. Despite best intentions, without care, agile methods are just as likely, perhaps more likely, to lead to withdrawal and burnout. Taken to the extreme, the Japanese have another notion; Karōshi, overwork death.

John Clapham is an independent coach, trainer and consultant. He specialises in DevOps and Agile, helping teams to build great products, and organisations to become more effective, productive and enjoyable to work in.

His broad experience in software development ranges from start- up to enterprise scale, formed in the publishing, telecommunications, commerce, defense and public sector arenas.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With over 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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